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Calypso

Raymond Quevedo is born in Trinidad. He will find fame as calypso singer Attila The Hun.
Lancelot Victor Edward Pinard is born in Cumuto, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean. He will find success as calypso singer Sir Lancelot.
Musical comedy The Girl From Utah closes at The Knickerbocker Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 140 performances. This production features several songs by Jerome Kern, including They Didn't Believe Me, which will become a popular standard, recorded by artists including Frank Sinatra, George Sanders, Dinah Washington, Jeanette MacDonald, Charlie Parker, Elvis Costello, Stan Kenton, Bill Frisell, Harry Belafonte, Leontyne Price and Marian McPartland.
Rupert Westmore Grant, better known as calypso star Lord Invader, is born in San Fernando, Trinidad.
Aldwyn Roberts is born in Arima, Trinidad. He will find international fame as calypso singer and songwriter Lord Kitchener best remembered for his popular song Cricket, Lovely, Cricket.
Harold George is born in Harlem, New York City. He will find fame as Harry Belafonte, hugely popular US singer/actor, and occasional employer of Bob Dylan's talents as a harmonica player.
Blind Blake records Too Tight Blues No2, Hastings Street and Georgia Bound in Richmond, Indiana, USA, for Paramount Records.
A fire destroys the Treasury building, the Post Office Savings Bank and a bonded warehouse in Port Of Spain, Trinidad. A river of fire caused by 365,000 gallons of rum floods into the streets and runs into the harbour. The event will provide the inspiration for the calypso songs The Treasury Fire by Lionel Belasco and Fire, Fire In Port Of Spain by The Caresser.
Louis Eugene Walcott is born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA. He will begin his career as a calypso vocalist under the name of The Charmer, but will go on to become Louis Farrakhan, leader of The Nation Of Islam movement.
The Andrews Sisters record Rum And Coca Cola for Decca Records in the USA. The song will become a huge hit but its composer, calypso star Lord Invader, will have to go to court to win his royalties.
Calypso star Lord Invader flies out of Trinidad, West Indies, aboard a Pan Am clipper bound for New York City, USA. While there, he intends to pursue a legal action against comedian Morey Amsterdam who has falsely copyrighted his hugely successful song Rum And Coca Cola. When Lord Invader arrives at LaGuardia airport he is greeted by thirty members of the press waiting to interview and photograph him.
Calypsonian Lord Beginner with Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders records The Dollar And The Pound and I Will Die A Bachelor, for Parlophone Records in Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Calypsonian Lord Beginner with Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders records General Election, for Parlophone Records in Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
The District Court in New York City, USA, dismisses two copyright cases about ownership of the massively successful Lord Invader song Rum And Coca Cola. This is because all parties involved in the dispute have recently signed legal papers indicating that a settlement has been reached between them. The song had been falsely copyrighted by comedian Morey Amsterdam who heard it while working in Trinidad some years earlier. The precise amount awarded to Lord Invader has never been revealed but figures published at the time suggested $150,000.
Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders record Bulldog Don't Bite Me, Zambo, Calypso Man and Give Me One Dollar for for Parlophone Records in Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders record Bulldog Don't Bite Me, Zambo, Calypso Man and Give Me One Dollar for Savoy Records in the USA.
Louise Bennett And The Caribbean Serenaders record Bongo Man and Linsted Market for Melodisc Records in London, UK.
Dossie Terry with The Howard Biggs Orchestra records Lost My Head and When I Hit The Number, for RCA Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Harry Belafonte opens for two weeks at The Alhambra, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The stage show John Murray Anderson's Almanac - A Musical Harlequinade, starring Harry Belafonte, with songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, plays at The Imperial Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 229 performances.
Harry Belafonte records Kalenda Rock [Mourning Song] in RCA Victor's Manhattan Center, New York City, USA. Pianist on the session is Ray Charles.
Harry Belafonte records The Drummer And The Cook, The Fox, Delia and Soldier, Soldier in RCA Victor's Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
At the end of a run of 229 performances, the stage revue John Murray Anderson's Almanac - A Musical Harlequinade, starring Harry Belafonte, closes at The Imperial Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA.
Hound Dog by Elvis Presley begins its fourth of eleven weeks at No1 in the Billboard Top Forty singles chart in the USA. On the same day, Let The Good Times Roll by New Orleans duo Shirley And Lee enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, and Calypso by Harry Belafonte reaches No1 in the Billboard popular albums chart.
US calypso singer Harry Belafonte signs a new recording contract for $1m.
Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
The Top 5 singles in the UK, according to today's edition of the New Musical Express [NME] newspaper are as follows : 1. Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte [RCA] 2. Wake Up Little Suzie by The Everly Brothers [London] 3. My Special Angel by Malcolm Vaughan [HMV] 4. Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me by The Johnny Otis Show/Marle Adams [Capitol] 5. Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis [London]
The Top 5 singles in the UK, according to today's edition of the New Musical Express [NME] newspaper are as follows :
  1. Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte [RCA]
  2. Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers [London]
  3. My Special Angel by Malcolm Vaughan [HMV]
  4. Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me by The Johnny Otis Show/Marle Adams [Capitol]
  5. Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis [London]
In New York City, USA, Harry Belafonte has the second of four recording sessions during which he records tracks for his blues-influenced album Belafonte Sings The Blues.
The movie musical Bop Girl (aka Bop Girl Goes Calypso) is released to cinemas in Finland, Europe. The movie stars Judy Tytler, but also features appearances by Bobby Troup, The Mary Kaye Trio, The Goofers, Lord Flea and Nino Tempo.
Lord Myrie [guitar and vocals], Cecil Mitchell [banjo] and James Convery [marimba box], record the album Calypso Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica, for Cook-Microfusion Records.
Controversial Calypso singer/monologist Lord Buckley, popular with the Greenwich Village set, has his 'Cabaret Card' revoked by New York City Police, purportedly because he has a criminal record, but probably because he refused to pay the required bribe.
The Noel Walker Stompers, The Buddy Halpman Jazzmen, Dave Lind's Jazzmen, The Panama Jazz Band, Bill Bailey's Calypso Band and The Druids Jazzband play in the All-Night Jazz Ball at Liverpool Jazz Society in The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, UK.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, Kingsize Taylor And The Dominoes, Jay Roberts And The Jaywalkers and Bill Bailey's Calypso Band play a Good Friday gig at The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Calypsonian guitarist and singer Lord Mike opens at The Jamaican Room, The Blue Angel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, including drummer Ringo Starr, come to the end of a three month residency at the Rock And Calypso Ballroom, Butlins, Skegness, England, UK, Europe.
The album Belafonte At C arnegie Hall by Harry Belafonte is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson, Cyril Fletcher, Cy Grant, Bernard Spear, Rosemary Brett Davies and Marie Cooper, Reg Thompson, The Terry Sisters and the BBC Revue Orchestra perform live on the BBC Light Programme Radio show Midday Music Hall in London, England, UK, Europe.
Cy Grant performs a topical calypso on the BBC-tv news magazine show Tonight, live from London, England, UK.
Harry Belafonte is playing at The Riviera, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, supported by George Kirby.
Calypso songwriter and performer Lord Burgess begins eight nights of shows at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Harry Belafonte appears in the Silver Anniversary Edition of popular tv show The Bell Telephone Hour in the USA.
Harry Belafonte plays the first of five nights at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Nana Mouskouri.
Internationally popular calypso band The Merrymen play at The Pepperpot, Barbados, Worthing, Christ Church, Caribbean.
The Verve record Bittersweet Symphony. Their use of a sample from a track by Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham will involve them in a costly legal battle with rock entrepreneur Allen Klein.
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Calypso star Lord Pretender, (born Aldric Farrell) dies in Port Of Spain, Trinidad.
The eight-day long Trinidad And Tobago Steelpan Jazz Festival begins. Artists appearing over the next eight days include Steel Pulse, Al Jarreau, David 'Fathead' Williams, David Rudder and others.
MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), a 200,000 square feet museum and venue focused entirely on music and musical instruments from around the globe opens in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
The Mighty Sparrow plays at The B.B. King Blues Club, New York City, USA.
The 57th Grammy Awards event is held at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. Sam Smith is the big winner on the night, collecting trophies for Best New Artist, Song of the Year (Stay with Me), Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, ahead of Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran. The full list of 57th Annual Grammy Awards Winners is as follows : Record of the Year: Stay with Me, Sam Smith Album of the Year: Morning Phase, Beck Song of the Year: Stay With Me (Darkchild Version), Sam Smith, James Napier, William Phillips, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum Best R'n'B Performance: Drunk in Love, Beyonce featuring Jay Z Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour Best Pop Solo Performance: Happy, Pharrell Williams Best New Artist: Sam Smith Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for Bang Bang, Break Free, Dark Horse, Problem, Shake It Off, Unconditionally Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread Best American Roots Song: A Feather's Not a Bird, Rosanne Cash And John Leventhal Best American Roots Performance: A Feather's Not a Bird, Rosanne Cash Best R'n'B Album: Toni Braxton And Babyface, Love Marriage Divorce Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Williams, G I R L Best R'n'B Song: Drunk in Love, Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyonce Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor And Brian Soko, songwriters (Beyonce feat. Jay Z) Best Traditional R'n'B Performance: Jesus Children, Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Malcolm Jamal Warner And Lalah Hathaway Best Rap Album: Eminem, Marshall Mathers LP2 Best Rap Song: I, K. Duckworth And C. Smith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar) Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: The Monster, Eminem feat. Rihanna Best Rap Performance: I, Kendrick Lamar Best Comedy Album: Weird Al Yankovic, Mandatory Fun Best Spoken Word Album: Joan Rivers, Diary of a Mad Diva Best Blues Album: Johnny Winter, Step Back Best Alternative Music Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent Best Rock Song: Ain't It Fun, Hayley Williams and Taylor York Best Metal Performance: Last in Line, Tenacious D Best Rock Performance: Lazaretto, Jack White Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, Bass and Mandolin Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Say Something, Great Big World And Christina Aguilera Best Bluegrass Album: The Earls of Leicester, The Earls of Leicester Best Country Song: I'm Not Going to Miss You, Glen Campbell And Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell) Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Gentle on My Mind, The Band Perry Best Country Solo Performance: Something in the Water, Carrie Underwood Best Music Film: 20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer And Judith Hill Best Music Video: Happy, Pharrell Williams Best Song Written for Visual Media: Let It Go, Kristen Anderson-Lopez And Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel) Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat, composer Best compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall And Chris Montan, compilation producers Best Musical Theater Album: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell And Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer/lyricist) Best Latin Jazz Album: Arturo O'Farrill And The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Offense of the Drum Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Life in the Bubble Best Jazz Instrumental: Trilogy, Chick Corea Trio Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dianne Reeves, Beautiful Life Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Fingerprints, Chick Corea Best Dance/Electronic Album: Syro, Aphex Twin Best Dance Recording: Rather Be, Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne Best Tropical Latin Album: Carlos Vives, Mas And Corazon Profundo Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Vicente Fernandez, Mano a Mano Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative: Calle 13, Multiviral Best Latin Pop Album: Ruben Blades, Tangos Best Roots Gospel Album: Mike Farris, Shine For All the People Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: For King and Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong Best Gospel Album: Erica Campbell, Help Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Messengers, Lecrae featuring For King and Country Best Gospel Performance/Song: No Greater Love, Smokie Norful And Aaron W. Lindsey, songwriters (Smokie Norful) Best Contemporary Classical Composition: John Luther Adams, Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean (Ludovic Morlot And Seattle Symphony) Best Classical Compendium: Partch, Partch: Plectra And Percussion Dances Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Anne Sofie Von Otter, Douce France (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergstrom, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder And Antoine Tamestit) Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Jason Vieaux, Play Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Hilary Hahn And Cory Smythe, In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores Best Choral Performance: Craig Hella Johnson, The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Conspirare) Best Opera Recording: Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphee Aux Enfers Best Orchestral Performance: John Adams (City Noir) Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman Best Surround Sound Album: Beyonce, Beyonce Best Remixed Recording Non-Classical: All of Me (Tiestos Birthday Treatment Remix, Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend) Best Engineered Album Non-Classical: Beck, Morning Phase Best Historical Album: Hank Williams, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 Best Album Notes: John Coltrane, Offering: Live at Temple University Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Jack White, Susan Archie And Dean Blackwood, The Rise And Fall of Paramount Records, Vol. One (1917-27) Best Recording Package: Pearl Jam, Lighting Bolt Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) : New York Tendaberry, Billy Childs feat. Renee Fleming And Yo-Yo Ma Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Capella: Daft Punk, Pentatonix Best Instrumental Composition: The Book Thief, John Williams Best Children's Album: I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, Eve Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta Best Regional Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej And Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara
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